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Big League Help Comes to MIA Baseball

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It is not often that young athletes get to take advantage of training opportunities with those working in the professional sports world, but a group of Marco Island Academy baseball hopefuls recently received some pointers from Jeff Mathers, a strength and conditioning coach with Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers. The big leaguer’s family lives on Marco Island, and he has been enjoying the off-season here. MIA Assistant Baseball Coach and local homebuilder Andy Delgado met Mathers, and asked him if he could come and give those interested in playing baseball for MIA some advice on ... Read More »

Utility Rate Discussion Continues at City Hall

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, Marco Island’s Finance Director Guillermo Polanco sent a report out to City Council members. The topic: balancing the budget for Marco Island Utilities. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the report says the Council voted to approve the budget on September 8th and 22nd, 2013 that included a 2.1% increase in utility rates. The Council deferred the implementation to determine if the implementation of a new rate structure would mitigate the need for the additional revenue. Unfortunately, that effort has not reached a consensus to date. Therefore, the Council will have to either ... Read More »

MIFRD Recognized

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Everyday members of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department risk their lives to help those in need and peril, and recently a number of them were recognized for their valiant efforts. In September, MIFRD Chief Mike Murphy received a letter from Walter Kopka, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services, informing him that 16 members of his crew were being honored with a Phoenix Award by the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services. The Phoenix Award recognizes a fire fighter, paramedic or EMT who has successfully resuscitated a cardiac arrest patient. Among those receiving the award ... Read More »

Marco Island Chosen to Host Traveling Vietnam Wall Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Mark your calendars. The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is headed back to Marco Island for a repeat exhibition Feb. 11-16, 2015. Dubbed “The Wall That Heals,” the wall first came to the island in December 2011 and was visited by more than 16,000 people in four days. “This is probably the most honorable thing that could happen to Marco Island,” says Lee Rubenstein, current commander of the American Legion Post 404-Marco Island and the person responsible for bringing the wall back. “To be chosen a second time is quite an honor.” “The Wall That ... Read More »

Up to My Knees in Adventure

We arrived at our designated entrance point into the swamp and exited the tram; this was the first thing I saw. Of the countless pictures I've taken in my career, this now ranks among my most favorites.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Recently relocating to a place so geologically different from where I was born and raised in northeast Ohio, I get to experience new things almost daily. As a reporter, I go out on many assignments with a child-like wonder, and come away with life-long memories often feeling renewed and empowered. In my quest to see all of the exotic beauty on display here at the bottom of our nation, I’ve ventured where I never thought I could, pushing through my fears, phobias and physical limitations. That being said, if someone had told me exactly one year ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Roger T. Hernstadt, City Manager

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A prolific writer of letters to the editor has once again misstated the facts which can unfortunately mislead or bias public opinion.  The City has been consistent in explaining that the “bucket plan” was designed to accumulate money to meet the known existing needs for renewal and replacement obligations of the general fund.    This does not mean any new general fund obligations approved by the Council (by the way there have been none to date) or the utility debt which is current approximately $150 million and scheduled to be paid off in 2033.   This community needs to arrive at a ... Read More »

Bingo Winners!!

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Joann Irvolino was the the Big Winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated by Bert Thompson. Bingo is being played every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The public is welcome! Read More »

Marco DAR Celebrates its Founders Day and Marco Anniversary

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It was more than just a pre-Season get together October 16th.  It was a mini-reunion of local DAR members and an opportunity to observe the organization’s Founders’ Day.  The luncheon at Kretch’s marked the 124th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It also was the 38th anniversary of the Marco Island Chapter. The DAR was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. This nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.  It has ... Read More »

STOP IDENTITY THEFT FORUM

By Collier County Schools and City of Naples ID Theft Task Force   Learn how to prevent becoming a victim of identity fraud on Wednesday, November 12, 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collier county School District Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail in Naples.   This program will be moderated by Jeff Lytle, former Naples Daily News Editorial Page Editor, and feature speakers: Kevin Rambosk, Collier County Sheriff, Thomas Weschler, the Chief of Police for the City of Naples, Chad Parker, Lieutenant of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crime Bureau, Carrie Kerskie, P.I. ... Read More »

Arturo’s re-opens with sole proprietor Judy Barney

Longtime Marco Island resident Judy Barney has set the first week of November for the grand re-opening of Marco Island culinary mainstay, Arturo’s Italian Restaurant at 844 Bald Eagle Drive. Though the Zagat, Wine Spectator and AAA Approved Arturo’s has been in business on Marco Island for almost 19 years, Barney’s role has changed from co-owner to sole proprietor of the popular restaurant. A very familiar face to patrons, Barney has been responsible for maintaining Arturo’s public image for many years—at the restaurant and throughout the community. With the dawn of a new era, Barney promises: “Something old, something new, ... Read More »

Istanbul Impressions

The Golden Horn of the Bosphorus divides ‘old and ‘new’ Istanbul.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When we first planned our trip to Istanbul, I was surprised how many people told me that their dream was to travel there or that it was on their “Bucket List.” Everyone I knew who had visited told me that it was beautiful and that we would love it; they were right. It’s difficult to capture the essence of the city in words. There are the cliches of old and new, where east meets west. In a small way, the city reminded me of Budapest where the Danube divides the historical Buda from the more ... Read More »

Keeping Florida Wild: Thank You for Voting Yes to Amendment 1

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com Florida, a sensitive and dynamic peninsula, unique in its habitat, wildlife and hydrology in the world, is the third most populous state in the nation. From the outcome of the election, it apparently has a majority of very wise people who hope to allow the next generation by providing clean water and protection to natural lands and wildlife. With a population that has doubled in 10 years to 20 million and predicted to be 30 million in the next 35 years, the overwhelming approval to keep Florida wild was an amazing historical decision made ... Read More »

The Art of Seeing

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com “What I have not drawn, I have never really seen.” — Frederick Franck, “The Zen Of Seeing”   I recently visited my dear friend, Barbara Sills, who lives in the Orlando area. There’s lots going on in Orlando — all the time — and Barbara is never at a loss when it comes to trying new and interesting things. In fact, she’s downright intrepid. I’ve known Barbara nearly 40 years, and she still never ceases to surprise me. Although I try to expect the unexpected, my friend managed to thoroughly gob-smack me on this last ... Read More »

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Atul Gawande Henry Holt (sold by MacMillan), 2014 300 pages. Genre: Medical Nonfiction “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.” — “Being Mortal.” The author is a general surgeon practicing in the Boston area, who has written previous books about medical practice (“Better,” “Complications,” “The Checklist Manifesto”). His name may be familiar to you. In “Being Mortal,” he is opening a conversation about how we deal with not just end-of-life issues but also debility and decline in our well-being. “‘Being Mortal’ is about the struggle to cope with the ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe Why Venture Offshore?

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com If you enjoy catching a mixed bag of fish, viewing abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery, venture out on a trip in the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge located 15 miles east on 41 from the 951/41 intersection. Port of the Islands Marina is an ideal location to depart from as it provides easy access by kayak, canoe or larger vessel into the mangrove maze of the awesome 10,000 Islands. If a light craft such as a kayak or canoe is your preferred way of transport, be sure to consult with a local tide ... Read More »

Help Keep Dolphins Safe

Mom Sparky and baby Holly come up for air together. Holly is just learning how to breathe properly.  PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist A special thanks to Naturalist Kent Morse for his contributions to this article. Kent has been studying dolphins on Marco for 10 years. The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Survey Team is on the water nearly every day of the year conducting their survey of dolphin activity in the area. It’s unfortunate that many of the mammals they have catalogued have dorsal fins that do not look normal. Most of these are oddities are the result of encounters with fishing line, leaders or hooks. In less than three years, two dolphin rescues have taken place right ... Read More »

Sunshine in Goodland

On the opening night of his exhibit, Donald Sunshine and his wife Joanna greeted every visitor. They are pictured here with Marco Island residents, Judy and Ron Hattendorf.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no secret that upon my first visit to Goodland, I recognized it to be a very unique place, unmatched in its beauty and rich history. As I left the main road and first arrived on this little island, the feeling of being transported back in time was so overwhelming that it was elemental in my decision to leave Ohio and move here in search of a better life. It’s hard to describe the pride I feel when others get to see my beloved home as I do, but recently I had an opportunity to ... Read More »

Heed the Greed and Focus on Need

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Question: During the Great Recession, my husband and I had losses in real estate and the stock market. While we’re still “okay” and have sufficient assets for a comfortable retirement, we disagree on how much risk to take with our portfolio. Can you help? Answer: Your situation isn’t uncommon. The desire to recoup losses is human nature. The problems arise when people think increasing risk is the way to recover. Before deviating from your current financial plan there are two important ... Read More »

Should You Buy a Telescope?

Facing South, looking straight up, 6 AM, Nov, 28. If you want to see Jupiter, 
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net As you are walking the dog this morning, take a look straight up (the zenith). The lack of early evening planets continues, but you can see Jupiter rising around midnight and is high in the sky by dawn not far from the bright star Regulus. This is the time of year when everyone asks me, “What kind of telescope should I buy for my spouse/child/grandchild?” The quick answer is none. Take the money set aside for a telescope and purchase binoculars instead. There are two reasons for this. First, the expectations of what ... Read More »

Thankfulness

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Not a hard question to answer really, and if you asked 1,000 people, you would likely receive 1,000 different responses. Again, imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Would the sun be streaming in the window or would there be the soft patter of rain against the panes of glass? Who would be with you as you woke to your ideal day? Or would waking up alone be your preferred way to greet the ... Read More »